DMV & Emissions Testing Locations In South Dakota

South Dakota

South Dakota Smog Check / Emissions Test




The State of South Dakota does not have any vehicle emissions test requirements at this time.

If you know you need an Emissions test done click here to select your county and find the nearest location.

Incentives for Eco – Friendly Driving in South Dakota

Even though there are no vehicle emissions testing requirements in South Dakota, there are many reasons that South Dakota vehicle owners may want to consider maintaining their vehicle’s emissions control systems, besides protecting the environment. For more information contact a local DMV office to learn more about these incentives and how they can provide incentives for maintaining green driving habits.

Tax Deductions for Eco-Friendly Drivers in South Dakota

South Dakota Propane fuel tax exemption:  South Dakota residents do not have to pay state fuel tax on propane when they purchase it from a state-licensed propane dealer. The propane user or propane vehicle owner must be licensed and must store the propane fuel in a bulk storage tank for fueling propane vehicles to be eligible for the tax exemption.

Read up on South Dakota’s fuel tax incentives in its Motor Fuel Tax Manual. South Dakota also provides information about applying for propane user licenses on the state’s South Dakota Tax Application website.




US Federal AFV Tax Credit: With the recent tax overhaul bill that passed at the end of 2017 in the U.S Congress, the U.S. Federal Government decided to keep its $7500 Alternative Fuel Vehicle tax deduction. Vehicle owners can receive federal  tax credits for the following types of alternative vehicles:

  • Hybrids
  • Electric cars
  • Plug-in Hybrids
  • Alternative fuel vehicles
  • Diesel

Also, some insurance companies provide rate discounts for vehicle owners who drive “green” or “eco-friendly” vehicles and who practice environmentally – friendly driving habits. Some insurance carriers may provide as much as a 10% discount. Contact your insurance provider for further details. These discounts include:

  • Hybrid vehicle discounts
  • Alternative fuel discounts
  • Economy vehicle discounts
  • Low-mileage discounts
  • Pay as you drive discounts

How to Reduce Driving Emissions & Pollution

Pollution kills upwards of 200,000 people every year in the U.S. Vehicle emissions test programs help but are not always enough. The state of South Dakota provides the public with air pollution and ozone warnings. When the State of South Dakota alerts residents of air quality incidents, there are several actions residents can take to protect themselves, their families, and environment:

  • Stay indoors when possible
  • Start a rideshare or carpool for work
  • Work remotely or from home
  • Adjust your thermostat up in the summer; down in the winter
  • Use public transportation
  • Ride a bike or walk more often
  • Refuel your vehicle during cooler times of the day
  • Don’t use lawn mowers and other gas-powered equipment
  • Avoid the use of aerosol products, oil-based paints, and solvents.
  • Do more with fewer trips; combine errands and schedule travel around multiple commitments

Protecting the environment

Even though South Dakota has excellent dear quality, there are still ways that citizens of the state can help to protect the environment around them. Although some of the methods that people use in bigger cities to protect the environment, such as carpooling and riding public transportation may not be available in rural areas in South Dakota, citizens can still get in on the staying green lifestyle.

For example, you can start by avoiding using your vehicle unless it is necessary. Try to combine errands as much as possible so that you do not have to make will one trip. You can also live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by choosing to purchase an eco-friendly car. These vehicles help to cut down on the emissions that your car puts all and can end up helping save you money on gas.

Maintain Your Vehicle

It is also important that we keep our vehicle maintenance properly. Make sure that you are having your oil changed on a regular basis and that is being checked at this time for any minor repairs that need to be completed.

You should always make sure that you do not avoid making repairs in that your vehicle does not have any issues that may be causing it to put off more emissions should. You may also want to see about having an inspection done annually even though it is not required in your state.

Renew your registration

When it is time to renew your registration, you will receive a notice in the mail from the South Dakota Department of motor vehicles. Depending on one the first letter of your last name, you will receive this in a certain month.

There are three ways in which you can renew your registration, online, by mail, and in person. Since there is no inspection that needs to be completed, renewing your registration is a simple process. However, if you choose to mail in your registration, you can expect that it will take about two weeks sports come back to you.

Find Smog Check Stations Near Me

Even though South Dakota drivers are not required to pass any smog check requirements, South Dakota-registered drivers can get a voluntary vehicle emissions test done. Check out our DMV & Emissions Testing Locations in South Dakota pages below to find a DMV office or testing location in your area.

Auto Insurance

Getting car insurance is one of the requirements that vehicle owners need to fulfill in order to register and claim the title for their vehicles in the Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicle insurance companies in the United States offer full auto insurance and liability coverage that protects the drivers in case of a traffic accident.